Colin Taylor, also known as Eric the Viking, with a group of friends at what they call Party Central at the Maryborough Showgrounds.
Colin Taylor, also known as Eric the Viking, with a group of friends at what they call Party Central at the Maryborough Showgrounds. Robyne Cuerel

Party Central is a camp site bar for those in the know

GETTING into the Ulysses official Party Central wasn't that hard.

A club member named Smokey put me on to it but it's not a place you'll find in the event guide.

It's a camp site bar "those in the know" visit.

Members sign up for a site through a forum that was created about nine months out from the event.

Smokey's been riding motorcycles for about 10 years, enjoyed the 2000-odd kilometre journey he made to Maryborough, and he'll enjoy it on the way home, too.

"There's some really interesting guys down here," he assured me as we made our through the sea of tents to Party Central, the designated campsite for those at the Ulysses AGM who like to burn the midnight oil.

The area is identifiable by the flag poll with a flashing red light on the top.

There is a sign as you enter that reads: Party Central. Below that is written two rules: bring some grog; and leave your guns at the door. Simple.

Smokey introduced some of the campers laid up in the horse stalls, including Don who it turned out was kind of the Godfather of the whole concept.

"We were at the Tasmanian Ulysses in 06," Don said.

"We were camped at the footy ground and they were closing the clubhouse on us every night."

The clubhouse doesn't close anymore, not the Party Central one anyway.

It's the place the party never stop, though some of its members still turn in by 9.30pm.

Ulysses member Sandy, from Brisbane, told me it's the place for secret buffalo business, talking bikes, and meeting people who are happy to befriend a complete stranger.

Don said it's a home away from home for many, where friends ponder the wonders of the world and tell stories.

 



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